The rumor mill is buzzing after Dunkin’ Donuts, based in Massachusetts, began trading on the Nasdaq this week, according to an article in the New York Times. According to the article, Dunkin’ Donuts may be considering a move out West, taking a direct stab at the Starbucks market, saying Dunkin’ Donuts was committed to building out its presence in “less penetrated markets.”
Until we see a Dunkin’ Donut sign in Washington, we have no fears, because our own Seattle-based donut shops are a force to be reckoned with.
Top Pot Doughnuts
609 Summit Ave E
With seven Seattle area locations, including a mobile “street food” unit, Top Pot Doughnuts are a Seattle born institution. Applauded by Fortune Magazine, the Travel Channel and carried in over 5,000 Starbucks locations, Top Pot Doughnuts is now publishing a book through Chronicle Books, coming out in the Fall of 2011, according to their company website. Top Pot calls their doughnuts “hand forged”, which they say means they are made the old-fashioned way, by bakers. As the official doughnut of the Seattle Sounders and Seahawks, you are sure to be able to pick up an old-fashioned, cruller, or apple fritter before or during a game. Want to pre-order? They do that. Let them know what you want over the phone, and a box will be awaiting your pick-up.
Mighty O Donuts
2110 N 55th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Along with their storefront in Wallingford, you can find Mighty O Donuts at PCC Markets, Caffe Vita coffeehouses, Nordstorm Espresso Bars and Whole Foods. The winner of the Food Channel’s Donut Challenge, Mighty O donuts are vegan and certified organic. Mighty O specializes in cake donuts – vanilla, chocolate and specialty cake with a variety of glazes, icings and toppings like coconut and raspberry. You can pre-order for pick-up as well. All the donuts are made in their Seattle bakery, and display art by local artists in their Wallingford location.
Mill Creek Town Center
15421 Main Street, Suite H102
Mill Creek, WA 98012
With accolades from Seattle Met and Seattle Weekly, Frost is the creation of Seattle area friends who love donuts and turned that love into a reality. Opened in 2009, Frost has the biggest variety of flavors around. Can you say bacon? Their Smokey Bacon Maple Bar is a daily offering. Other flavors are on a rotating menu, which makes it convenient to stop in on multiple days of the week for new varieties. Each donut is served the day it is made, with end-of-day doughnuts sent to local food banks. Pre-order your favorites for pick-up on their website.